In all likelihood, you remember your first experience with mall Santa very, very vividly. Either you loved it — yay, the man in the red suit is here to make all your materialistic dreams come true! — or you didn't totally understand the concept and were absolutely, unreservedly terrified.
The latter is totally understandable; after all, most of us aren't keen on hanging out on a random dude's lap for the sake of Mom's mantle picture. But hey, that's the spirit of Christmas, right?
Lucky for you, the good people of Twitter are sharing a plethora of Santa photos — and it's kind of, sort of incredible. Users are digging through the archives to post pictures of themselves as children, and also of current children they know who aren't so fond of the man in the red suit. Take a look at some of the best pictures below.
When ur brother is scared of Santa ?????? pic.twitter.com/C5NaLC8T5f— Ashleigh Wilson (@ashpwilson) December 5, 2016
My nephew was scared of Santa and my sister in law has put up like ten pics like this on fb already pic.twitter.com/jCOfpeRxN5— Natalia Kot (@nataliek0t) November 28, 2016
''tis the season to be jolly ...???????? pic.twitter.com/vAk0wI8Akf— emma smith ? (@EmmaEmmasmi) December 5, 2016
My babies ?? , scared of Santa pic.twitter.com/FG4nKL7Xx5— ???? (@Clarhondaa) December 25, 2015
Twitter users are even publishing special footage of the encounters. Try your hardest not to laugh.
Henry didn't like Uncle Larry as Santa... pic.twitter.com/1cdqP3lTYQ— amelia jean (@amelia_jean16) December 5, 2016
hes scared of santa???? pic.twitter.com/q6Vy9S9saU— karlie?? (@karliedudneyy) December 5, 2016
Poor kids. They'll never be the same.
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